Sewing Pattern Review: Banded Baskets by Indygo Junction

Hello everyone! I'm Deborah Fisher from Fish Museum and Circus, here with my first post for UpCraft Club. I am thrilled to be here to show off the Banded Baskets Pattern from Indygo Junction.

banded basket sewing pattern Indygo Junction on UpCraft Club

The pattern comes with three sizes, small, medium and large. I made all three of my baskets in the large size because, well, I have a lot of stuff to put in them. The large size finishes at 10" x 12" x 11" but they actually seem even bigger than that because of the nice open shape and flat bottom. Indygo Junction has added a few thoughtful details to this basic form. The upper band around the outside allows for contrasting and coordinating fabrics, and the piping around the rim is a perfect accent.

banded basket sewing pattern Indygo Junction on UpCraft Club
For my baskets I raided my stash of Marrimekko fabric that I found at a Crate & Barrel outlet. It is just a little heavier and stiffer than quilting cotton and worked very nicely for the baskets. Ok, and the bold colors and graphic patterns make me swoon. You can use a variety of cotton fabrics for these baskets and the pattern even includes instructions for using recycled denim.

The first basket took some time but once I got the hang of it, the others came together very quickly. I made two small changes to the pattern for my baskets. First, after making the first set of handles to the pattern measurements, I decided I might like a little more heft. I made the next two basket's handles progressively wider.
banded basket sewing pattern Indygo Junction on UpCraft Club

This is just a simple change of cutting the handle fabric pieces wider and I think they will stand up better to my kids hauling them around. The other change I made was to top stitch the upper edge of the band instead of stitching in the ditch next to the piping. I think it held everything together better for my baskets.

Banded Baskets are great for holding all kinds of things, from yarn:

banded basket sewing pattern Indygo Junction on UpCraft Club

To toys:

(Patterns for the softies shown here can be found at Bo Twal, a non-profit international doll project.)
banded basket sewing pattern Indygo Junction on UpCraft Club

To magazines and books:
banded basket sewing pattern Indygo Junction on UpCraft Club


Fill the smaller sizes with art materials or office supplies. These baskets would make wonderful last minute gifts as well. Make a whole bunch of the small or medium size, assembly line fashion, to give as gifts, or to hold another gift. Pop in some beautiful fall apples, late summer tomatoes from the garden, or some cookies. These simple Banded Baskets have amazing versatility and potential. I would love to see what you do with this great pattern!

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October 05, 2015 by UpCraft Club
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